WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney enlisted the support of Missouri Senator Roy Blunt on Tuesday to help him win the backing of Republicans in Congress in his bid for the party nomination.
Gaining the support of members of Congress can be critical in winning the nomination and then the November 2012 election because they can use their influence in their states and districts to win over voters.
Blunt will spearhead Romney's campaign effort to secure the support of Republican members in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Blunt played a similar role for former President George W. Bush.
"I know that he will be an effective liaison in sharing my vision for America with his colleagues in both the House and the Senate," said Romney.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; editing by Anthony Boadle)